10 to Midnight (1983) October 8, 2022
Bronson plays an ageing detective, taking on a younger by-the-book protégé. Together they must track down a mysterious serial killer who is targeting young ladies.
Alien 2: On Earth (1980) May 7, 2022
The naming of Alien 2: On Earth (or Sulla Terra in Italian) is obvious from a marketing point of view. A brazen attempt to pull in viewers to see this excessively cheap, subterranean rubbish.
Bat*21 (1988) February 11, 2023
The second of, what I describe as, Gene Hackman’s Missing in Action trilogy following Uncommon Valour.
Beast (2022) October 29, 2022
There is no hiding my excitement for this creature feature. Having endured the disappointing Endangered Species on Netflix recently my thirst for an old fashioned, Human vs. Beast was wet, but not quenched.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe June 29, 2022
It was nice to spend some time with these two again and on a new adventure. This is almost a forgotten slice of culture and taking stock over the years I realise I was a bigger fan of Beavis and Butthead than I thought.
Blue Steel (1990) November 19, 2022
Blue Steel seems to have disappeared from view and recognition walking a tight line between cop thriller and psychological drama
Body Puzzle (1992) December 17, 2022
Body Puzzle rarely entertains and even has trouble maintaining interest along the way despite some fine performances and some brief moments of violence.
Brigade of Death (1985) January 14, 2023
An obscure and notorious nasty Brigade des moeurs or Bridge of Death is a little French thriller from 1985 with some bold moments.
Cannonball Run II (1984) August 17, 2021
A low point in everyone’s career. That is A LOT of careers.
Cop (1988) June 18, 2022
Cop isn’t action focused, it is entirely a character study of a desperate, corrupt man painted around the background of catching a killer and the wake of upset he leaves in the pursuit.
Dashcam (2022) June 4, 2022
Dashcam is worth the fuss and whilst not a landmark film it certainly is expertly crafted and plays immensely well.
Dead Bang (1989) November 26, 2022
Dead Bang took me by surprise and I really enjoyed discovering it. It’s a bit dated, however, it works nicely as a quality 80’s action romp.
Deep Space (1988) June 18, 2022
The unavailability of Deep Space during the 90’s left me conjuring imagery in my head of what the film might be like… and I was way off.
Dig (2022) December 3, 2022
Tom and Harlow Jane unite on screen. Is Dig (2022) worth digging into?
Exit Speed (2008) January 21, 2023
Exit Speed has enough action to get you through it, there just isn’t anything to write home about.
Fall (2022) November 12, 2022
The more you think about the scenario used in Fall (2022) you realise how perfectly unique it is to generate raw terror.
Fast Money (1996) June 11, 2022
Fast Money has an interesting cast with Yancy Butler, Matt McCoy, John Ashton and the late Trevor Goddard keep this from being just another direct-to-video crapfest.
Freebie and the Bean (1974) July 27, 2022
Freebie and The Bean followed a simple but robust plot-line that allows for the cops to have the time for some interesting misadventures whilst the story carries on in the background.
Gung Ho (1986) July 12, 2022
Gung Ho is a lightweight comedy without much in the way of memorable moments. Aside from a fun , if problematic, performance from Michael Keaton.
Hell of the Living Dead (1980) April 22, 2023
The film does have its fair share of moments and these are why it is so fondly remembered, and worth sitting through to find.
Hijack (1998) January 7, 2023
I have a high tolerance for crap but a soft spot for this. It’s messy, ugly and hardly thrilling. However, it’s fun, interesting and full of enjoyable performances.
Hitcher in the Dark (1989) November 5, 2022
Hitcher in the Dark doesn’t really have too much going for it, however, it manages to stay entertaining with some bolder storytelling moments
Infinite Storm (2022) June 14, 2022
Infinite Storm (2022) by Małgorzata Szumowska with Naomi Watts and there is something about Watts in the Winter as it struggles to engage.
Island of the Fishmen (1979) October 22, 2022
I had a fun time with Island of the Fishmen, or Island of Mutations, or L’isola degli uomini pesce, or the original cut of Something Waits in the Dark or Screamers, whatever you want to call it…
Last Man Standing (1996) August 14, 2021
This is one of only a couple of Bruce Willis movies that eluded me from the 90’s and I have only now managed to take the time to watch it… and I should have left it as it was. This, is Last Man Standing.
Last Seen Alive (2022) August 2, 2022
There is little to separate Last Seen Alive from The Vanishing or the Kurt Russell thriller Breakdown as from them being much better.
Lethal Tender (1996) December 10, 2022
Lethal Tender is a film that I am embarrassed to say I have seen several times. The first time, I dug it. Second I was a bit bored. Third was trash. Fourth…
Night Game (1989) August 27, 2022
Roy Scheider had an incredible run of terrific movies, however, every run has to come to an end and Night Game (1989) is anything but a home run.
Off Limits (1988) (aka Saigon) May 14, 2022
Almost 30 years later I have managed to import and take in this obscure little thriller and whilst it has scratched an old itch, the film was not worth the anticipation.
Phase IV (1974) October 15, 2022
Phase IV is an engrossing and thought provoking horror that you should not hesitate to find and enjoy.
Raw Justice (1994) October 1, 2022
Raw Justice is a simple, direct-to-video flick that is a product of its time, featuring an exceptional cast of B-Movie greats, constant action and a peppering of nudity.
Romancing The Stone (1984) September 18, 2021
Romancing the Stone is worth revisiting as a simple piece of early 80’s fun. There is a clever and quirky script. Colourful characters doted throughout. Thank-you Diane Thomas, Rest in Peace.
Seven (1979) September 17, 2022
Seven is a bit of a treat. I really enjoyed it and not for the obvious reasons. The nudity is actually quite sparse and the action and explosions are fairly tame.
Shadows in an Empty Room (1976) July 24, 2021
An obscure genre piece sees Whitman played Captain Jack Saitta in the oft retitled Shadows in an Empty Room featuring shadows of several other thrillers that had made an impact in the years prior.
Short Time (1990) June 22, 2022
Short Time has Dabney Colman drive with complete disregard for his own personal safety, leaving a trail of carnage everywhere. Sounds incredible…
Silent Action (1975) August 23, 2021
A solid filmmaker takes his time to layer in plenty of intrigue and excitement along the way and whilst there is nothing particularly astounding in the mix, this is just a good, solid, cop thriller.
Speed Zone! aka Cannonball Fever aka Cannonball Run III September 22, 2021
Speed Zone! is given a hard time by critics, certainly a lot doesn’t work, but there is a decent amount that does.
Stacey (1973) September 3, 2022
Stacey is a fun little movie and it pains me that it is considered lost.
Stand Alone (1985) September 24, 2022
Stand Alone from 1985 is the great Charles Durning doing Rambo, Walking Tall and Death Wish. Sounds dark, violent and crazy… well…
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) February 26, 2022
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) shows potential, however, it’s loses it’s way pretty quickly.
The Big Racket (1976) May 28, 2022
A racketeering group is operating in a village in Italy. Intimidating local business owners and subjecting resistors to barbaric violence in The Big Racket (1976)
The Cannonball Run (1981) August 6, 2021
The Cannonball Run isn’t for everyone, in fact it isn’t for most. I have a love for it as I was just the right age to soak this up. A massive gamble, and a massive win!
The Contractor (2022) June 7, 2022
The Contractor will engage you for the runtime, you will walk away fulfilled. In years to come you will struggle to remember if you have seen it.
The Desperate Hour (2021) May 21, 2022
The Desperate Hour is a tension focused thriller centring on Naomi Watts plodding through the woods attempting to locate her son during a hostile event at nearby school.
The Devil’s Men (1976) April 9, 2022
The Devil’s Men was released in 1976 and featured a few big names, admittedly at a difficult point during their careers, this was originally released in the US The Land of the Minotaur.
The Female Executioner (1986) April 8, 2023
The Female Executioner (L’exécutrice) wants to be a tough-as-nails, female Dirty Harry knock-off yet there is very little that it manages to get right.
The Getaway (1994) August 13, 2022
The biggest take away from The Getaway is that it is average entertainment and really isn’t shocking that it has been forgotten about over the years.
The Heroin Busters (1977) April 30, 2022
The Heroin Buster (1977) has been painstakingly remastered and celebrated almost 50 years after it slipped out. Here is my review of this slice of poliziotteschi.
The Jewel of the Nile (1985) April 26, 2022
The Jewel of the Nile is a horrible, regressive, xenophobic pile of junk that needs to be forgotten.
The Savage Three (1975) September 10, 2022
I found a lot to like in The Savage Three, however, initially I walked away a little cold.
The Specialist (1994) July 5, 2022
Really this should have had a budget of around £10 million and starred a combination of the video stars of the time. The bigger glosser look doesn’t help the film or dissuade from the lack of substance.
The Tough Ones (1976) August 20, 2022
The Tough Ones is one of the best known Italian “Poliziotteschi” thrillers and for good reason. Prepare yourself for a gushy blast of love from a fan
Trancers (1984) June 25, 2022
Trancers is the granddaddy of direct-to-video and a mostly successful opening to the franchise.
Trancers 4: Jack of Swords (1994) July 23, 2022
Following the vastly stronger third outing Trancers 4 Jack of Swords is merely a little more watchable than the second outing.
Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994) July 30, 2022
It pains me to think that such a limp approach was taken to Trancers 4 and 5 following the strength of Trancers III.
Trancers 6 (2002) August 6, 2022
It’s time to look at Trancers 6. This time a fresh face, an attempt to revive the franchise and some humour at Deth’s expense. What could go wrong?
Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth (1991) July 9, 2022
At first glance Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth looks to be an awesome sequel to a perfect low budget sci-fi hit. Is it?
Trancers III: Deth Lives (1992) July 16, 2022
For the second entry to suck it comes as a pleasant surprise that this follow-up manages to kick some Squid butt!
Trancers: City of Lost Angels (1988) July 2, 2022
This is a fun follow-up to the original and a treat for fans. Cheap, silly, funny and inventive.
Uncommon Valour (1983) January 28, 2023
There is no shortage of missing in action prisoner of war movies from the 80’s, however, featuring a terrific cast and a director of note Uncommon Valour is far from your typical ‘Nam action.
Watcher (2022) July 19, 2022
Watcher (2022) enters into a teeming sub-genre and Watcher might just come out on top.